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October 15, 1910

Interstate Reciprocity in License to Practice

JAMA. 1910;55(16):1397-1398. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330160065030

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To the Editor:—  The subject of interstate medical reciprocity is perhaps trite but is one, I am afraid, which will constantly recur until it is settled right and to the satisfaction of higher-class graduates of from ten to twenty-live years' standing. At present the bulk of the state laws are entirely in favor of the inexperienced tyro and the compend brigade. I am thoroughly in favor of good, stringent laws calling for high preliminary and professional requirements and I do not think any older practitioner should expect reciprocity unless he has above the average attainments which were in vogue at the time of his graduation. It is not to be expected that any physician of many years' standing, no matter how good a school he came from or how good his previous education, can successfully complete a state board examination on those fundamentals which he has long since forgotten save

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